Natural oils are a huge part of Ayurveda. This includes everything from essential oils to carrier oils. They can affect everything from your health, emotions, and spirituality, so they’re worth learning about.
On the skin, oils can be applied absolutely anywhere. You might be surprised that the belly button is a great place to start! This seemingly normal part of your body is more important than you think. Here are 7 benefits of applying oils to the belly button.
1. Moisturizes Skin
Oils are amazing for naturally moisturizing the skin. They work well on areas that are usually forgotten, like the belly button and stomach. It’s especially useful in the winter when the air is super dry.
Some good options include coconut and olive oils. They have emollient effects, thanks to their fatty acid content.1 Just add a few drops and rub it on your stomach. Your skin will feel silky smooth, especially after a shower or bath.
2. Removes Dirt
The belly button doesn’t get cleaned very often. It can be easy to forget about it! But it’s really embarrassing, so you should clean it regularly. Use a cotton swab and light oils like jojoba, safflower, and grapeseed. These oils will loosen up dead skin and dirt, making it easier to remove.
Don’t be aggressive with the cotton swab. Otherwise, you’ll run the risk of pain or injury. Instead, be gentle when cleaning your belly button.
3. Cures Infection
Because the belly button can get dirty, it’s the perfect home for bacteria and fungi. An infection can easily develop if you keep it moist for a long time. This may also happen if you have a cut or injury that doesn’t heal right, emphasizing the need for gentle cleaning.
With the right oils, you can kill an infection. Tea tree oil is the best choice because it has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties.2 Another option is mustard oil which also boasts bacteria-fighting abilities.3
To use, add 3 drops to 1 teaspoon coconut oil, another anti-bacterial oil.4 Apply it to your belly button once or twice a day until the infection heals.
4. Treats Stomach Ache
Using oils in the belly button can alleviate tummy pain. This will help symptoms from conditions like indigestion, diarrhea, and food poisoning. It also doubles as a natural remedy for nausea and bloating.
5. Decreases Menstrual Pain
Ladies, are you sick of dealing with painful periods? Apply diluted essential oils to your belly button for natural relief. The best choices are rejuvenating essential oils like peppermint,7 cypress,8 clary sage, and ginger.9 Massage the blend onto your tummy to kick those cramps to the curb.
6. Improves Fertility
It’s no surprise that the belly button is connected to fertility. After all, your belly button once connected you to your mother! Adding oils to this spot can influence your fertility, whether you’re a man or woman.
A carrier oil with damiana,10 guava leaf,11 juniper,12 or clary sage essential oils will help.13 They work by promoting relaxation, protecting sperm, and treating menstrual problems. Your hormones will also stay regulated, and therefore, increase your chances of conceiving.
7. Balances The Navel Chakra
In Ayurveda, the Navel Chakra or swadhisthana is a major source of energy and imagination. It is home to your biggest dreams, fantasies, and goals. You also need to keep your navel balanced if you want to connect with your creativity.
According to Ayurveda, you can ease grapeseed oil to balance the navel. Place a few drops in your belly button and massage. Sandalwood, rosewood, and ylang-ylang essential oils can be added for even more benefits. Do this once a week to help your creative energy shine.
Remember, diluting essential oils is a must. They are highly concentrated and might irritate your skin. Before using a new oil, test it on a patch of skin to make sure you’re not allergic.
|↑1||Verallo-Rowell, Vermén M., Stephanie S. Katalbas, and Julia P. Pangasinan. “Natural (Mineral, Vegetable, Coconut, Essential) Oils and Contact Dermatitis.” Current allergy and asthma reports 16, no. 7 (2016): 1-11.|
|↑2||Halcón, Linda, and Kelly Milkus. “Staphylococcus aureus and wounds: a review of tea tree oil as a promising antimicrobial.” American Journal of Infection Control 32, no. 7 (2004): 402-408.|
|↑3||11 Impressive Benefits Of Mustard Essential Oil. Organic Facts.|
|↑4||Verallo-Rowell, Vermén M., Kristine M. Dillague, and Bertha S. Syah-Tjundawan. “Novel antibacterial and emollient effects of coconut and virgin olive oils in adult atopic dermatitis.” Dermatitis 19, no. 6 (2008): 308-315.|
|↑5, ↑7||Trinkley, Katy E., and Milap C. Nahata. “Medication management of irritable bowel syndrome.” Digestion 89, no. 4 (2014): 253-267.|
|↑6, ↑9||Lee, Yu Ri, and Hye Sook Shin. “Effectiveness of Ginger Essential Oil on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Abdominal Surgery Patients.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 23, no. 3 (2017): 196-200.|
|↑8||Ikei, Harumi, Chorong Song, and Yoshifumi Miyazaki. “Physiological effect of olfactory stimulation by Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) leaf oil.” Journal of physiological anthropology 34, no. 1 (2015): 44.|
|↑10||Zavala-Mendoza, Daniel, Laura Grasa, Miguel Ángel Zavala-Sánchez, Salud Pérez-Gutiérrez, and María Divina Murillo. “Antispasmodic effects and action mechanism of essential oil of Chrysactinia mexicana A. Gray on rabbit ileum.” Molecules 21, no. 6 (2016): 783.|
|↑11||Ferdinand, Ngoula, Guemdjo Tekam Maryvonne, Kenfack Augustave, Tadondjou Tchingo Cyrille D’Alex, Nouboudem Sandrine, Ngoumtsop Herman, Tsafack Borice et al. “Effects of heat stress on some reproductive parameters of male cavie (Cavia porcellus) and mitigation strategies using guava (Psidium guajava) leaves essential oil.” Journal of Thermal Biology (2017).|
|↑12||Uprety, Yadav, Hugo Asselin, Emmanuel K. Boon, Saroj Yadav, and Krishna K. Shrestha. “Indigenous use and bio-efficacy of medicinal plants in the Rasuwa District, Central Nepal.” Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 6, no. 1 (2010): 3.|
|↑13||Lee, Kyung‐Bok, Eun Cho, and Young‐Sook Kang. “Changes in 5‐hydroxytryptamine and Cortisol Plasma Levels in Menopausal Women After Inhalation of Clary Sage Oil.” Phytotherapy Research 28, no. 11 (2014): 1599-1605.|